It said the declaration that supporters of the APC should slap anyone that slaps them was a declaration of war by their leaders.
It also described the presence of the top echelon of the APC in the state on Thursday at its mega rally, where it said they incited their supporters against the PDP, as unfortunate.
A statement issued by the Spokesperson for the faction, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said the APC supporters and their leaders behaved like ‘garrison commanders’.
He alleged that the APC did not also spare other voters in the state as he alleged that it ordered their armies to attack them during the Saturday re-run elections.
Adeyeye said, “This open declaration of war on the people of Rivers State is only reaffirming our earlier position and fear that all the actions and ‘body language’ of the APC since it took over power in May, 2015 is gearing towards erasing democracy and installing full blown dictatorship in Nigeria.
“The National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, addressing a very scanty crowd at the so called ‘Mega Rally’ in Port Harcourt, Rivers State openly incited the members and supporters of his party saying ‘If they push you, push them back. If they slap you, slap them back. As you can see, we came in full force, the whole federal might is here.’
“As if that was not enough, the Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Umar Ganduje who is also the Chairman of the APC, Rivers State Re-Run Campaign Committee said, ‘If they shoot at you, take cover and shoot them back.’
“This is very sad and a complete reversal of all the democratic experience we have built and nurtured in Nigeria in the last 16 years.